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In this participatory workshop, you will develop instructional units using the backward design approach, which aligns learning outcomes, assessments, and activities. 

Please note: You will access Zoom and other support materials via Blackboard. You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College one to two days before the course begins with instructions on how to access the Blackboard course and the Zoom session. If you do not receive these instructions, please check your Spam folder and/or send an email to


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL teachers and directors involved in writing ESOL unit plans for their program’s curriculum

In this online, multi-session workshop, we will examine the components of a thematic ESOL unit plan and walk through the Backward Design approach to instructional planning. You will develop two unit plans—one during the virtual sessions with a small group and one individually during the independent, asynchronous sessions.

The workshop is based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL, Standard Four: Curriculum and Instructional Planning.

The series includes three facilitated virtual sessions and three asynchronous, independent modules, all accessed through Blackboard. Participation in all three webinars and the independent modules is required.

Module 1:  The course opens with about an hour of independent work (April 28, 2022)

Module 2:  2-hour virtual session A (May 5, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Module 3:  1 hour of independent work (interim session)

Module 4:  2-hour virtual session B (May 19, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Module 5:  1 hour of independent work (interim session)

Module 6:  1.5-hour virtual session C (June 2, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Total PD hours: 8–10

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the three stages of the Backward Design approach to curriculum development
  • Describe the key design elements in planning an instructional unit
  • Apply the three stages of Backward Design to develop a thematic unit plan
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
04/28/2022 - 8:00 am
05/05/2022 - 2:00 pm to 05/05/2022 - 4:00 pm
05/19/2022 - 2:00 pm to 05/19/2022 - 4:00 pm
06/02/2022 - 2:00 pm to 06/02/2022 - 3:30 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Distance and Blended Learning
ESOL/English Learners